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Employers anxious mental health worker settlement won’t be fully funded

The Government's intentions to extend the pay equity settlement to mental health and addiction support workers has been welcomed, but employers want to see the new settlement fully funded.

Ageing with a disability “sucks”, says long-time advocate

69-year-old John McIntosh talks to Mary Anne Gill from the Life Unlimited Trust about ageing, disability and the importance of independence "for your soul".

Opinion: Laurie Hilsgen – Government needs to review carer policies

Chief executive of Carers NZ LAURIE HILSGEN says the Government needs to take a fresh look at policies related to caring, including the Funded Family Care policy.

Appeal could see changes to Funded Family Care policy

A successful appeal against a Ministry of Health's application of the Funded Family Care policy could spell change for the policy, especially under a Government that has suggested a review is on the cards.

The push for new accessibility legislation

Calls for a new accessibility law will be heard at Parliament today.

No ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to loneliness

INsite looks at measures taken to alleviate loneliness, something that affects 20 per cent of older New Zealanders.

Growing the Silver Economy

Social gerontologist Carole Gordon talks to JUDE BARBACK about why New Zealanders need to change their attitudes towards older people and embrace age-friendly policies in order to reap the benefits of the rapidly growing silver economy.

Equal pay on cards for mental health workers

The Government says it will enter equal pay negotiations for community mental health and addiction support workers.

John Ryall: 2017 a bumper year for aged care workers

E tū's Assistant National Secretary JOHN RYALL says the problems with funding the pay equity settlement should not detract from the justice of delivering higher pay for care workers.

Julie Haggie: challenging year for home support

Home and Community Health Association (HCHA) chief executive JULIE HAGGIE says the implementation of guaranteed hours has had the biggest impact on the home support sector this year.
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